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Coronavirus latest advice and FAQs

These are the answers to questions about COVID-19 posed by you. We will keep you up to date with any new information and advice as we get it.

Latest advice

People with pulmonary fibrosis are now to follow guidance for ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday 14th. Shielding advice for people across the UK has been 'paused', except if you are in an area of local lockdown.

Questions about the change? Watch trustees Wendy and Steve discuss FAQs from patients and their personal experience of lockdown.


If you suspect you have COVID-19

Should I wear a face mask?

I haven’t heard about my next hospital appointment, what should I do?

What about my medical treatment?

What changes after shielding is 'paused'?

What do I do if my local area goes in to lockdown?

How do I maintain social distancing?

Preventing others from infecting you

Protecting family or friends with pulmonary fibrosis

Should I follow the new changes to shielding?

Can we visit friends/family?

What about my oxygen supply?

Getting food, medicines and essential supplies

We are still shielding. Will my kids have to go to school?

Should I return to work?

What happens if I am admitted to hospital?

What about medications and the coronavirus?

What can I do to help others?

This page was originally published on 18 March 2020, and was last updated on 9 September 2020. This advice is updated as new information becomes available.